Watch the NVIDIA Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ Pro/AM Tournament
Welcome to the NVIDIA Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ Pro/AM Tournament! Today marks the official start of the tournament, and with over 14,000 players registered, it's shaping up to be an amazing event as Hearthstone's top Professional and Amateur players compete for the $25K USD cash prize pool and qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship.
Broadcast Schedule: There will be a 4 hour LIVE broadcast channel every Wedsnesday 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM CET to 3:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM CET throughout the Group Stage of the tournament covering the best Professional Division matches of the week.
WATCH LIVE at http://twitch.tv/nvidia
Professional Division Overview: 16 invited players compete in eight weeks of group play in a single global conference – two matches per week. The Professional division will use a Round-robin group style, meaning every player plays every other player once. Group stage results will determine playoff seeding.
Professional Division Standings: https://esports.geforce.com/event/hearthstone-25k/standings/
Professional Division Match Listing: https://esports.geforce.com/event/hearthstone-25k/matches/
Professional Division Players:
Amateur Division Overview: Eight weeks of open group play – one match per week. Swiss style, meaning results-based scheduling (NOT round-robin – players do not play every other player) across six regional conferences. After a short Amateur playoff (format & schedule TBA), the top 16 players will advance to the Global Playoffs. During the group stage, players in the Amateur division will play only against opponents inside of their regional conference at a default match time of 9:00 PM set in the conference’s local time zone.
Europe Conference (CET time zone) = Europe Battle.net server
Americas Conference (EDT time zone)= Americas Battle.net server
Russia Conference (MST time zone)= Europe Battle.net server
Asia Conference (JST time zone) = Asia Battle.net server
Southeast Asia Conference (SGT time zone) = Americas Battle.net server
Korea Conference (KST time zone) = Asia Battle.net server
Event Prize Pool ($25,000 USD + 230 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship):
1st: $10,000.00 + 100 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
2nd: $5,000.00 + 50 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
3rd/4th: $1,500.00 + qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
5th-8th: $750.00 + qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
NOTE: In addition to the cash prize pool, all pro players and the 16 amateurs who make the brackets will receive NVIDIA Shield Android gaming tablets.
As always, we're open to feedback and would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments and questions below, in the GeForce eSports forums at http://esports.geforce.com/forums/, or contact Tournament Support directly on our public TeamSpeak3 server at cevots.gameservers.com:9366.
Since 1993, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has pioneered the art and science of visual computing. The company's technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery -- for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to enterprise customers. More information athttp://nvidianews.nvidia.com/ and http://blogs.nvidia.com/.
About NVIDIA Shield
Built and sold by NVIDIA, SHIELD tablet is the ultimate tablet for gamers. It features the Tegra K1 mobile processor, an 8-inch full HD display, an optional SHIELD wireless controller and an optional cover that acts as a stand to support the device for a great gaming experience. Other key features include: up to 32GB storage plus microSD card support to store more games and content; optional LTE to take your online gaming anywhere; and a front-facing 5MP camera for in-game video chat and streaming. For more information, visithttp://shield.nvidia.com.
About Blizzard Entertainment
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.